No Book but the World by Leah Hager Cohen

When Ava discovers that her autistic brother has been arrested for an unspeakable crime, she delves into her memories of their unusual upbringing by their father, an educator dedicated to radical unschooling.

No Book but the World had me flipping pages like a madwoman, even as I couldn’t shake the sneaking feeling that something was really hinky. The book was so well-written that the lapses really stood out, and when they culminated in a twist ending I didn’t feel surprise or relief, just stolid acceptance of her gamesmanship. I really loved all the characters and the exploration of the unschooling philosophy (for which I have some affinity), but the plot device left me cold.

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